Though I've been living with a collection of male housemates for nearly a year now, there are still mornings I stumble downstairs and yelp at the sight of three grown men lounging at my eating bar.
One glance into our shared refrigerator is enough to remind me just how different my life has become. The freezer is packed with fish sticks and frozen french fries. The ratio of beer to milk is generally 10 to 1. The housemate who hails from Louisiana makes sure we have two metric tons of butter on hand at all times.
We share staple items like flour, milk, and eggs, but have a hands-off respect for special purchases like wine or meat or candy.
At least until someone gets hungry. Then all bets are off.
"What's in that Styrofoam box in the freezer?" one of the housemates asked the other night. "It tastes awful."
"Styrofoam box?" I asked.
"Yeah. It looks like candy but it doesn't taste good."
I stared at him, dumbfounded. "Tell me you didn't eat the bloodworms."
"The little frozen cubes in the foil packet?"
He nodded. "Yeah, that's it. What are bloodworms?"
"They're a form of mosquito larva."
He frowned, looking a little green. "Why do you have mosquito larva in the freezer?"
"They're for the fish! In the aquarium? Haven't you watched me feed them pretty much every night? Why on earth would you eat that?"
He shrugged. "I thought it was chocolate."
"Chocolate that looks like hunks of frozen blood?"
It's likely there was beer involved. Which reminds me, we're running low. What's the grossest thing you've ever eaten, either by accident or on purpose? Please share!
And I'll be happy to share my chocolate anytime.